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Jul 4, 2011 - July 4 Rodeo Day

On July 3, after Fred grilled his tasty jalapeno poppers and Karen made her delicious shrimp dip, we went to a party at their friends’ home where we played a lot of hand and foot cards and ate yummy pork loin and other picnic treats. The 4th of July was a special day for Karen and me: we left the guys at home and drove into town for breakfast at a local café and prime seats for the Molalla “Giant Street Parade” that was very long and filled with homemade floats and lots of horses from the rodeo that had been going on all weekend. We both...

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Aug 22, 2010 - End of the road

Today we had a fairly lazy morning. Yesterday we drove from Missoula to Coeur d'Alene and are currently staying at Blackwell RV Resort on the Spokane River as it comes out of the lake. This morning, because of an office screw up, we had to move over one space. That was a little irritating but we got one night free for the irritation! After all that we went for a ride in the country. It was raining as we left and rained until we got to Kellogg. Dean thought there would be historical markers regarding a lot of the things that happened in the...

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Aug 20, 2010 - Missoula

We arrived at Jim & Mary's RV Park in Missoula, Mt yesterday afternoon. It is very pleasant here, just the right temp. We drove around a little yesterday and found a Costco!! The last one we were in was in Nashville. We bought Hot Tamales (NOT the Mexican kind), beef jerky and cantalope. The first two items are things we keep in the car to munch on. Today we took a drive down Highway 93 South headed towards Hamilton. We followed the Bitteroot River all the way. Three rivers converge at Missoula (the Clark Fork of the Columbia, the Blackfoot...

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Aug 18, 2010 - In the Middle of nowhere

About fifty miles off I90, due north, there is the Smith River Valley. About in the middle of that valley, between the Belt Mountains and the Castle Mountains and the Crazy Mountains, you will find a little, teeny town, White Sulpher Springs, Montana. That is where we are at present. The closest city is Bozeman which is about 75 miles away, or Helena, or Great Falls. This is ranch country with mostly hay as a crop and cattle and some sheep. There is a Hutterite colony here and when I spoke with one of the young women at the Hutterite...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Family history

Yesterday we left Buffalo, Wyo. and traveled through the Big Horn Mountains on Highway 16, past TenSleep and on to Greybull, Wyo. It was a beautiful drive. Greybull, Wyo was the birthplace of my father. His family had emigrated to Utah as part of the Mormon pioneer movement but when they received word that there was good land and lots of water up north in Wyoming they headed out, once more. Also in that pioneer group were my great grandfather, Thomas Katen Riley, who as a teenager had left England and come across the continent pushing and...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Easy days

Thursday was a laid back day. Dean washed the rig, I did some more laundry. We did get up early and drive the wildlife loop in Custer State Park. We were there about 7 and we quite literally ran into two different herds of buffalo, about 200 in each group. They have the right of way and so we just sort of sat while they milled around our pickup. That was kind of cool. We rolled down the windows and we could hear them snuffle and woof at each other. There were cows and calves and a couple of bulls who got into a fight! The next day, Friday...

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Aug 11, 2010 - Two views

So yesterday, we got up and left early (like 8am) and drove the Needles Hwy, again. This time Dean got to actually see the sights because instead of 1000's of bikes, there were only about three or four. It really was beautiful and awe inspiring. There are all of these rock formations that stick up in the air like pillars because all of the surrounding rock has eroded away. The second tunnel we went through is not really a tunnel so much as a crack between the rock. After that we drove over to the Chief Crazy Horse monument. We were struck...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Awesome Mt Rushmore

Got up early today and left early as well in hopes of missing some of the motorcyle folks, thinking they might be sleeping in. We were mostly wrong on that assumption. We drove a small portion of the Needles highway on our way to the Mt. More on that later. Mt Rushmore was as awesome as I had expected/hoped it would be. The light was just right, which is to say the sun was out. Of to the east it was a black as the ace of spades but right over our little space it was sunny and warm. The carvings are spectacular. Initially there weren't too...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Yesterday we left Wall, SD heading for Custer. It was not a very long trip in that we left at 8:00am and arrived at 10:30am. Probably the shortest trip we have taken thus far. We are in a nice campground (Broken Arrow Horse Camp and RV Park) which is about five miles outside of Custer. The campground is on a hill overlooking the valley in which Custer lies. There are a whole bunch of horse trailer/rv combos here with their horses. We also have another Big Horn parked right next to us. We drove into the town after getting set up and you...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Get Your Free Water, here!

From Aberdeen, SD we headed due south until we hit I90 and then we headed west. We spent one night in a small town on the Missouri River, Chamberlain, SD. Actually the river is an impoundment (lake behind a dam) at Chamberlain and so it does not look anything at all like it did when Lewis and Clark passed through. They camped just a little way from where we were camped. It was a city park but not anything like Wylie Park. The night we were there they had a huge hatch of these flying ant like insects and whenever we went outside these flying...

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Aug 3, 2010 - The Dakota's

We left Minnesota two days ago and headed south ending up in Devil's Lake, ND. We only spent one night there and then went on to Aberdeen, S.D. We are at a city park called Wylie Park. It is a great place and we decided to stay two nights. There are all kinds of things for families to do including a zoo, a Storybook Land and an Oz Land (the guy who wrote the Wizard of Oz lived here), swimming, rental bikes and pedi-cabs, mini golf and a whole bunch of other stuff. It is a huge park and the RV/camping part is very nice. Today we drove a long...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Headwaters of the Mississippi

Yesterday, because it was cloudy and threatening, we decided not to go to Itasca State Park. Instead we took off and drove north about an hour, past Lower and Upper Red Lake, to the Big Bog. The Big Bog is over 500 acres of 'patterned peat' bog. It is the biggest bog of this type in the US. There is a mile long board walk out over the bog itself. We walked that and were somewhat disappointed. We did not see any wildlife at all. We were hopeful to see something, anything and unfortunately that was just what we saw. We did see lots of...

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